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international experts scour the scene of a plane disaster in eastern ukraine accusations on kuntar accusations are made but the e.u. say remains clear walked the earth craft on. families and communities mourn the victims of the tragedy with people from at least ten countries among the dead most of them dutch citizens. certainly over whether the plane was hit by a missile r t hears from aviation experts about the unusual details surrounding flight m.h. seventeen and why it passed directly over a raging war zone. also this hour while the world was in shock over the
deadly military strikes on eastern ukraine continued sixteen civilians have been confirmed dead in the city of new counts. it's just gone eight pm this saturday evening here in the russian capital welcome to our t. international my names you know neal our top story experts from numerous countries are joining an international probe into the truck to crush of a malaysian passenger jet the wreckage site in eastern ukraine is spread out over several kilometer wide radius while cotton markers how being placed where the victims' bodies have been found all two hundred ninety eight people on board were killed among them eighteen children it's believed a plane was shot down by a missile however the european commission says it seems no evidence confirming this so far the russian president on the chancellor of germany have agreed on holding an international. vestey cation into the crash
a team of monitors from europe's main security watchdog arrived at the scene on friday earlier some of them complained that local self-defense forces were limiting their movements around the area but the rocks this has been widened international experts working there save a face a difficult task. just to get the team on place yet but it's not over till you have multi investigating the calls for you also do not speculate on it but both are here for is to see what measures are in place for defending me to the security. measures and what measures have to be taken to do with human and most efficient way. ukraine is accusing self-defense forces of removing bodies from the crash site and trying to cover up evidence but the self-proclaimed officials in the region say that people at the scene are volunteer search teams helping locate the debris on the victims. among cos red managed to get to the scene of the tragedy while the
monitors were exploring it he sent us this report we are now way past that's when the four hour mark that the bodies of the people that died at the crash malaysia airlines flight have been lying around here along with the burning debris you know the always see mission had already come here this spend about an hour talking to people and scouring the area now it's not just this area that's been affected the debris had and along with the bodies had falling in an area around twelve kilometers here so this is going to be lengthy lengthy process for identification and for investigation as well and right now i had to ask you to take a look at what we have seen here so far and how this tragedy that affected the people that live here in eastern ukraine. this woman was out working in her garden when her son told her a body had fallen from the sky and broken through the roof of their house the badly
mangled victim of the malaysian airlines flight has now been laying in in this kitchen for more than a day. at first i didn't notice anything my son went out and said mom there is a body in the kitchen that was spliced to everywhere i thought it was just a pile of rubbish but then on the stoop that it was a human body without a leg and was arms twisted and broken it was a man who fell out of the play and through the roof it's a murder a real murder. my wife and i were having dinner when we heard a strange noise that sounded like clapping as soon as we went out of the house we saw a body lying nearby it must have fallen from a very high altitude the only thing left on the body was a t. shirt it was a man their legs were broken i saw practically no blood now you can smell the odor or be here there are no words to describe it here's my house and it all happened right here. i was watching t.v.
i heard a roar in two explosions i would know and saw a spinning plane without a wing with something falling out of it the area where the plane crashed is near several mines that sustain people economically in the done as krege and so it comes as no surprise that coal miners were some of the first on hand to help at the scene of the tragedy. i've lived here with my family my whole life here where the crash happened i've been working in this coal mine for forty years and now i just want to help that's all there's thirty people in our ship and just two of them went to work others came here to help. is thought roses of the victims are going to be arriving here shortly and no doubt they will be seeking answers but it seems they could be in for a quite a wait to find out just how their loved ones were taken from them for among koester of the art see don't ask you crane apart from the netherlands citizens of at least
nine other countries are among the victims including malaysia australia and the u.k. tributes are being paid to the victims across the world in the malaysian capital where flight m.h. seventeen was heading there are scenes of confusion and anger a select few reports. we're now here in kuala lumpur where the mh seventeen plane was supposed to land scenes on friday were here very emotional the relatives of those who were killed on that plane crash literally stormed the airport particularly the offices of the malaysian airline company demanding the lists of those who wore on board well most of the relatives of the m.h. seventeen victims have already flown to ukraine to identify the bodies of their loved ones the team of investigators from malaysia also went to key of the transport minister of the country is flying there tonight he just spoke to us about the investigation about several irregularities the authorities have noted first of all the change of altitude they confirmed that the plane changed altitude from thirty five thousand feet to thirty three thousand feet he says this is
a normal practice for the world but there is no explanation whatsoever why this time the air traffic controllers in ukraine told the plane to go lower and now the regularity is the destiny of the flight recorders because we've been hearing contradictory reports coming from kiev authorities that they either had the flight recorders then they said they did not have them at the malaysian authorities confirm they have no information about the whereabouts of these flight recorders which of course would be instrumental for this investigation and last but not least they have also spoken that seventy five airlines flew for the same route just the day before the crash but still the malaysian authorities were assured by the on ground traffic control is that the route was deemed safe in fact they said that several other airlines were flying the same route within minutes after and before the crash of course a lot of questions remain and many doubts remain and they of the malaysian authorities hoping that many questions will become clearer once they get access to the crash site and be able to conduct the investigation. despite the tragedy the
ukrainian army is continuing its offensive in the country sees the latest the result in sixteen civilian deaths we'll be bringing you more on that later in the program. moscow and washington are insisting that the evidence recovered from the scene of the crash must be made available to international investigators that's what the russian foreign minister this just with the u.s. secretary of state over the phone let's get the details from maria fanaa circular of roff john kerry have spoken several times of the past number of days haven't they but what was said this time around on the official website of russia's foreign ministry read that this conversation between mr lavrov and mr kerry was very all honest and very open the two top diplomats agreed that all the evidence from the downed malaysian airplane including flight recorders so-called black boxes should be made available for the international investigation that both parties stressed
should be independent and biased and transparent and also that the international experts should be given access to work freely on the ground also love robin kerry said that threats that the ukrainian conflict has no military solution and should be resolved peacefully and they pledged to use influence on all the sides been involved in this long protracted conflict to achieve this goal. griffen thank you for the update. now speaking at the white house on friday the u.s. president claimed there was firm evidence that the malaysian plane was dying by a surface to air missile fired from territory controlled by forces he also lashed out at russia for supporting them gave me a church account takes a closer look at those allegations. president obama said the missile was shot from
the territory controlled by separatists in eastern ukraine evidence indicates that the plane was shot down by a surface to air missile that was launched from an area that is controlled by russian backed separatists inside of ukraine moreover we know that these separatists have received a steady flow of support from russia having said that he also added we don't know exactly what happened i think it's very important for us to make sure that. we don't get out ahead of the facts. and at this point in terms of identifying specifically what individual or group of individuals or. personnel order that the strike. came about the u.s. president called for a credible international investigation and that is something all members of the u.n. security council are calling for including russia because nobody at this point knows who shot the missile the blame game is about who created the ground for this tragedy to happen and here we see a clash of different views the u.s.
says russia is responsible because it supported the rebels russia says key if it's responsible because it launched this military operation in eastern ukraine and the u.s. supported it at this point we have this back and forth between everyone involved and not involved. these are some of the media headlines appearing in the wake of the tragedy directly blaming the law to mere speculation has been piling up over who is to blame ukraine's government has issued what it claims to be a leaked phone call between local militia fighters admitting to donning a civilian plane and this unverified video circulating online reports to show a book missile launcher being smuggled out of ukraine after thursday's crash intelligence expert charles shewbread sais the claims are lacking solid evidence. one could say from the outset with some investigation the air of ground from which it was launched and of course that would give an indication even though it's accepted i think. much of east ukraine is in
a fluid situation in terms of who controls what any given time the ukraine government has released what it claims are a number of evidence should lead for example it has said. intercepted communications it says between people on the ground suggested that we have those who are firing or how far into all weapons. ukraine government has in the past said that the rebels have these weapon systems i should point out that of course the government claims i was yet on cooperated in respect to these intercepted transmissions and also of course. the prosecutor general himself you know i have this system so it's fair to say there's a lot of confusion at the moment and really this really points the way to the importance of a thoroughly independent. investigation to uncover all of the leads in this case. now despite the accusations being made there are still more questions than answers over the catastrophe and russia's defense ministry is demanding information from
kiev is put together a list of questions why did you create a rush to blame self defense forces after the tragedy the first question. of why it deployed buka rocket launchers in the area the spike the local militia having no planes question number three will ukraine make trucking data all of its warplanes available in the wake of the crash and another question is why was the profit to fly over the conflict zone indeed there are many unexplained details surrounding the tragedy let's take a closer look at some of them first data from the flight radar service suggests the plane diverge from its original route here's the map of the courses taken by other airlines earlier this week as you can see here the doom fly went further north it's the red here flying over ukraine it's not clear why it took the path second ukrainian controllers asked the crew to fly lower than the height which was
originally requested is according to a statement issued by malaysia airlines it says the boeing seven seventy seven was supposed to fly thirty five thousand feet but was instructed to descend to thirty three thousand st. finally it's also unclear why the boeing aircraft flew over a zone of heavy fighting the combat between ukrainian forces on local militia has been ongoing in the area for months now since kiev launched what it calls an anti terror operation in the country's east we asked aviation expert chrissy ates to comment. it's a brave quest. line so not being prevented from flying through this this conflict. the international civil aviation organization i.k.o. based in montreal. was the last organization to declare the as
space to be safe. presumably based on information received from the ukrainian authorities is. based in. flawed intelligence to. the weaponry that insurgents on the border may or may not still be. a whole bunch of questions cropping up now which we need down says we need some fairly quickly indeed coming up on r t international the people of gals are facing the bloody consequences of israel's dramatic escalation hospitals are overflowed with civilian victims one in five among them was a child we report on the tragic conflict after the break with the death toll has now reached three hundred twenty.
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welcome back to the program now as the world's attention remains focused on thursday horrific plane tragedy in ukraine deadly army shelling of the eastern city . has gone largely unnoticed for here. just sixty kilometers from where the came down these are images from the streets of shortly after an artillery attack it resulted in the death of at least sixteen people including three women dozens were wounded a local official says sixty people have been killed in the city in the ongoing crackdown with more details here is a really good. one of the major developments in the airport has been taken over by the ukrainian army now this was one of the most highly contested area near the city
and they have entered the advance but not before inflicting heavy damage on it we're talking about shelling from air shelling with missiles and artillery fire in one instance eight people were killed when a shell has exploded in the middle of a pedestrian crossing. basically the city has been left without electricity without running water a gas also has been hit leaving a lot of people without heat for cooking purposes for example there was already talk about the military and catastrophe in the city of lugansk but that is happening basically right on the heels of statements made by ukrainian officials before when they were saying that residential areas are not their primary targets what's happening in the seems to be pointing in exactly the opposite direction. and we reached a local resident by phone this is what she told us about the attack. but you know this city came on to mortify and warnings were issued twice during the day
one we had to see child out on the ground according to people at the scene most victims have shrapnel wounds they were only truly torn apart now also report the regime forces have been patrolling this city and firing shots in residential areas . in the past number of hours moscow issued a list of u.s. citizens who are barred from entering russia twelve americans are targeted two of them for their involvement in torture guantanamo bay and ten others for the abuse of detainees at abu gharab prison in iraq moscow's blacklists was released two days after the u.s. imposed a new set of sanctions against russian companies. we get more details on the top measures on our website as well as background on how the ukraine crisis sparked this head on over to r.t. dot com for the dates. in the. moving on and it's really man was killed in the side of the country on saturday by
a rocket fired from gaza he's the third is really a fatality since the start of the current conflict which has claimed the lives of three hundred thirty palestinians meanwhile there was tank and machine gun fire on the border this morning as the israel army stepped up its ground operation gaza hospitals are struggling to cope with the influx of injured civilians. i. was loaded. through the work of only. four little. girls out of the one i was was. was was was was. israel's ground offensive is
not in its second day targeting cross border smuggling tunnels used by hamas while the stated goal is to destroy militant capability it's palestinian civilians are paying the price at least twenty more people were killed on saturday alone as the i.d.f. unleashed an intense artillery bombardment us president barak obama has warned israel against further loss of innocent lives all the palestinians killed since the earth campaign kicked off last week one in five where children are the fear filed this report from gaza for arctic. thousands of troops and tanks stormed into gaza or in the early hours of friday morning as israel began its so-called anti terror campaign this is the gaza school in central gaza city we understand that over the last few days hundreds of families have come here to seek refuge from the ongoing escalation that living in very very difficult conditions but that conditions better than being in a stream the dangerous neighborhoods brawny or is among fifty from the to monny
family who sought refuge i didn't know them and then i'm in the shia who doesn't love but god our cinema school at kleinman but i remember the gas was going down and i've only been there and miss smith i mean fanaticism the u.n. says twenty two thousand people have been internally displaced and sought refuge in its facilities since this. a to spout of violence began last tuesday have consistently slammed into the homes of palestinians over the last two weeks yet israel maintains it's only targeting how mass infrastructure mahmoud's home was one of those hit they've attacked your home you remember the out while i was. it's less than a kilometer away from the israeli border and near a hospital that was being targeted here in the north of the strip these refugee
camps are some of the most densely populated places on earth and when the shooting starts people here suffer more than most but despite the danger not all the heating israel's warnings to evacuate i understand that you were told to evacuate by israel why have you not evacuated. their. homes are not the only targets damaged in this escalation on friday morning three airstrikes hit an office high up in a commercial building in one of the most developed dario's of the city. and i mean. just in from outside i said that i would if it is it possible that people were firing missiles from your office this morning.
how did. well we're filming in the center of the city for rockets fired just behind us from a well known local minute. the israeli prime minister has given orders to the israeli army to escalate its ground operations in the gaza strip palestinians here remember all too well the bloody mess of the winter two thousand and eight now an invasion of the gaza strip this a month of ramadan a time that is meant to be peaceful palestinian muslims simply pray to god to protect them and their families. at the c.n.n. news network has pulled its correspondent from covering the israeli palestinian conflict after she tweeted that is really where cheering as they watch bombs land. she did her to leave a message but not before it had already been retreated two hundred times this comes
after another american network n.b.c. also removed its correspondent from the same region without explanation treat more on this story visit our website r.t.e. dot com. in other world headlines five car bombs have killed at least twenty six people in iraq stoppable the blasts occurred in mostly shiite muslim neighborhoods of baghdad no one has a mediately taken responsibility for the attack but islamist militants who seized large parts of northern iraq last month previously claimed to have carried out several suicide bombings in the capital. so at least thirty eight people have been killed and five injured in a collision between a fire on a bus on a highway in central china the fon which was loaded with flammable liquid burst into flames after hitting the back of the pos and several nearby cars were destroyed by the blast fire has been put on the rescue operations is ongoing let's . hope the. next here in our to international abby martin explores how the
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that's where. we chill our selfs. well going to break in a set i'm abby martin so yesterday the world witnessed a truly horrific tragedy unfold in eastern ukraine malaysian airliner was shot down killing two hundred ninety eight human beings on board one of the passengers were humanitarians on their way to an aids conference in australia unfortunately the media coverage from all sides has been truly truly disappointing within hours the sun immediately declared the missile as putin's and neo cons were given a platform across corporate media to seize upon the tragedy and resurrect cold war fervor urging the west to quote confront the russian regime look speculation on all sides in the mere hours after any large scale disaster is a hornet's.